Writing Assignment – The Room

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Writeku-assignmentYour Assignment

Following the thrust of the last blog I wrote on how to write dialog, I am going to give, to those of you who dare, an assignment that will challenge your dialog skills.

The Setting

You are in your bedroom as it was when you were a child of, say, seven- to ten-years old, with the exception that there is no ...

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Powerful Writing: How To Make Readers Turn The Page

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Artist Anna JanosikI want to address a few things that make a reader want to keep turning the pages to a story.

 

1. Giving life to the character.

Characters have to be treated as real for us to invest ourselves in them. Real thoughts, feelings, ability to perceive their environment through their senses, reactions. The more you can peer into the ...

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How to Focus

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Focus-kitty-250xCan’t seem to keep your mind on the task in front of you?

Does that squirrel outside on the tree have more power over you than your boss—even if that boss is you?

Is there a way you can get control of your wayward mind to help you stay on track without a shock collar?

Yes, you can increase your mind’s focus and drive thoughts toward specific goals with clarity. To do this, we ...

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What An Editor Can Do For You

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Lyla-photo200xThis week I’m presenting you an interview I did with my own editor, Lyla L. Haggard. We cover some common mistakes writers make (with examples and fixes), the best writer-editor relationship and flow for her, and what an editor on a long project like a novel actually does with you.

1. Overall, what are the most common mistakes you usually correct in a writer’s work?

I would say that most beginning ...

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Intuitve Writing: Part 2

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Artist Anna JanosikIntuitive writing involves having a ready connection to and trust of your voice. So, what is your voice? What is intuition?

Near the end of the midway point of this blog I detail the exercise for you (audio file included) and how I took my protégée from her list-making, technical writing habit into the land of rich and creative storytelling. Hang in there. As Robin Williams said, playing the ...

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New Perspectives To Help Your Writing

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stick-figure-writing-200xYesterday the fingers flew over the keyboard again. One of the things that a person writing a novel has to keep in mind is not to rush things. I remember when I started the Unnatural series I had no intention to create a series. Words just flowed right along with the story as it unveiled in my head, and it turned out to be larger than I expected. But ...

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